MAS Context Fall Talks 2021

Architecture’s Social, Ecological, and Political Agency

September 21, 2021 at 12PM

Lecture by architects Germane Barnes and Shawhin Roudbari, Future Firm, and VAPAA Collective


Architecture’s Social, Ecological, and Political Agency

This online program brought together participants of three architecture and design festivals that explore the potential of architecture and design as civic investment in locations such as Chicago, Columbus, Indiana, and Logroño, Spain.

Miami-based Germane Barnes and Boulder-based Shawhin Roudbari discussed their work for the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial; Chicago-based Future Firm shared their work for the 2020-21 edition of Exhibit Columbus; and Helsinki-based VAPAA Collective discussed their intervention as part of the seventh edition of Concéntrico. The teams shared their work and their approach to community, public space, and the environment. The event also included remarks by Anne Surak, Director of Exhibit Columbus, and Javier Peña Ibáñez, Director of Concéntrico.

About the Chicago Architecture Biennial
The Chicago Architecture Biennial (CAB) is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating an international forum on architecture and urbanism. Through a diverse program including exhibitions, commissions, publications, workshops, performances, and more, CAB advances architectural innovation and thinking by engaging practitioners, students, and the public to re-imagine the built world both globally and locally. CAB is committed to highlighting a future for architecture that is sustainable and equitable. | @chicagobiennial

About Concéntrico
Concéntrico is Logroño’s International Festival of Architecture and Design that proposes to reflect on the urban environment and the city. The latest edition, Concéntrico 07, will be held from September 2 to September 5, 2021.The festival invites visitors to tour the city through installations, exhibitions, meetings, activities, and performances that create a connection between the venues, squares, streets, courtyards, and hidden spaces that usually go unnoticed in their daily lives. Since 2015, the festival has brought together 73 urban installations created by teams of Spanish and international architects and designers who experiment with new fields of environmental design. In this way, a dialogue is established between the city, heritage, and contemporary architecture that activates citizens’ reflections on these spaces. | @concentricofest

About Exhibit Columbus
Exhibit Columbus is a program of Landmark Columbus Foundation and embodies its mission by being a locally responsive and globally engaged proponent for the design heritage of Columbus. Through symposia, exhibitions, public events and guided tours, online and print publications, and educational activities, Exhibit Columbus interprets Columbus’ design heritage and engages a diverse public of community members, students, professionals, and enthusiasts. Exhibit Columbus makes Columbus’ design legacy relevant to existing and new audiences by producing projects and events that celebrate and inspire investments in architecture, art, and design. | @exhibitcolumbus

This program is a partner program of the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Concentrico 07, and the 2020-21 Exhibit Columbus. It is supported by Acción Cultural Española (ACE).

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